BREAKING: The New York Knicks continue their streak of good, basketball decisions with the hiring of Jim Cleamons, a Phil Jackson disciple who was an assistant during both dynasty runs with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.
With coaching being a major hindrance last season, Jackson has made it a point to surround Knicks players with knowledgeable basketball minds, especially when it comes to the Triangle Offense. The organization seems slowly, but surely building an experienced staff with a proven track record, all without a locker room crippling subplot (see Mike Woodson under Mike D’Antoni). No longer are the Knicks throwing money at a sexy hire while putting enormous pressure to produce in half the time.
Cleamons brings in years of experience as both an NBA player (3 of them with the Knicks) and as stated earlier, an assistant working with Jackson for 9 out of his 11 championship runs with both the Bulls and Lakers. Along with Kurt Rambis, the 64-year-old assistant will give first year coach Derek Fisher a safety net and wall in which to bounce ideas off of. I think it’s known that this will pretty much be a free year for Fisher, a season filled with growing pains both strategically and chemistry-wise. Phil is making sure every game counts by putting together a staff that will put the team in the best position possible.
This much is known, Kurt Rambis and Jim Cleamons is a godsend compared to the likes of Herb Williams.